Open Casting Call: The Wolves

Washington, DC / Herndon, VA — NextStop Theatre Company is seeking a diverse collection of high school-aged actresses (ages 14-18) for next season’s professional production of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, opening February 7, 2019. This is an open call for all roles. 

Production Information:

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

NextStop Theatre, Herndon Virginia

February 7-24, 2019

Rehearsals and Performance Schedule:

The ensemble will be required to participate in workshops/training exercises one Saturday per month between August and December, prior to the commencement of the regular rehearsal process. Rehearsals for will take place between January 5 and February 6, 2019 and occur Monday through Thursday evenings (7:30-10:30pm) and Saturday/Sunday afternoons (10am-4pm).

Performances will occur between February 7-24, 2019. Performances occur Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Some additional Saturday matinees and Sunday early evening performances may be scheduled.

Location:

NextStop Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive

Herndon VA 20170

For help finding the theatre, please visit NextStop’s Contact Page.

Ages:

We are seeking a diverse group of actresses, currently in high school (ages 14-18).

Audition Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, June 9, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Sunday, June 10, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT. Actors must reserve an audition space online. Those unable to attend either audition date may e-mail: casting@nextstoptheatre.org to discuss their situation, however, there are no guarantees actors with conflicts can be accommodated.

Signups will close on Thursday, June 7th at 5pm. Those who have not reserved an audition time will only be seen at the end of the audition day, and only if time permits.

If you are unable to secure an audition slot, please complete this form.

The audition process is designed to be as comfortable for young performers as possible. Actors will be seen in groups and asked to perform sides for the Director and NextStop’s Artistic Director.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to check-in.

Roles:

#00-  Goalie. Intense performance anxiety, an extreme perfectionist, high achiever; seventeen; she is the heart of the team. 4.9 GPA, Editor in Chief of high school newspaper, leads model UN, plays cello in the state youth orchestra; before every game she vomits from anxiety, she is an amazing athlete; the pressure she puts on herself stems from her parents and the constant need to try to prove herself; she feels the weight of winning on her shoulders

#2-  Defense; innocent, unlucky, kind, petite person; sixteen; naïve, sheltered; she does not like gossiping about others; she is kind, humble, generous and often trying to reach out to those in need in a sincerely genuine way; she is a member of her Episcopalian church’s youth group; no cellphone or TV in her house; a limited world view that is now expanding; she is learning more about the injustices in the world and she is clinging to any “do-good” opportunity as she is unsure how to process all the bad; based on lived experience, she feels like the youngest of the group; she has suffered multiple concussions from soccer and wears headgear;

#7-  Striker; too cool for school; sarcastic, “fuck” is very much in her lexicon, thick eyeliner; “16 going on 21”; child of a bad divorce; daughter of a lawyer, who is always busy, always working; she hit puberty before all the other girls in her class; dating a college boy; she finds worth through her sexual value; she is dealing with a lot and at times we should feel pretty concerned for her well being; she’s tough, abrasive, you never want to be on her bad side, potentially the meanest girl of the group; has problems with authority.

#8-  Defense; plays dumber than she is; sixteen; porcelain upbringing, in her own bubble, uses “omigosh” often; uses naiveté as a façade; clings to childlike essence, a baby doll; obsessed with making it to nationals in Miami; a crier, a whiner, a giggly, excitable girl; a less extreme version of Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) from Mean Girls.

#11-  Midfield; brainy, morbid, budding elitist, thoughtful; seventeen; she is super smart and knows it, but her sentences are still strung with “like”, perhaps this is purposeful as she thinks she will be more relatable and seem less like a know it all; she has an air of intellectual superiority; facts matter to her; doesn’t like to be wrong; she sincerely enjoys documentaries and is a columnist for the high school paper; both of her parents are therapists and very involved in her life; she tends to lead with morbid, dark, strange humor and interests; she has a more global view of the world than her teammates.

#13-  Midfield; class clown, sincere love of sports, jock, bit of a “bro”; totally plays FIFA video games; sixteen; she is into being the “wacky one”; she likes being the life of the party, the fun one; the goof off; she refuses to take anything too seriously and loves to tease, poke fun at her teammates; sometimes, she goes too far which can get her into trouble.

#14-  Midfield. #7’s insecure sidekick; just switched to contacts; sixteen; her dad is Armenian; her teammates inappropriately speak about her being Mexican; she is besties with #7 and is trying to keep up with #7’s bad girl, cool vibe, until she finds her backbone and stands up for herself; she hates liars and the betrayal of her best friend is deeply felt; she has a firm understanding of right and wrong; an emotionally developed individual; her mom, Soccer Mom, is involved in her life; she has a great family, very involved in her life, all around good person who is mixed up in the journey of learning who they are and who are real friends.

#25-  Defense; captain; classic (ex) coach’s daughter; seventeen; she is well respected by the team, a hard worker and a strong leader; at times she wants to join in on the fun and does but will suddenly back off to keep the girls at arms-length; she keeps them on track and loves a great pep talk; she isn’t afraid to police her teammates with language and behavior; she is exploring her sexual identity; actors with soccer experience is a plus; role does require a short hair cut, will wear a wig for majority of play;

#46-  Bench, later Striker; the new girl; awkward, different, just wants to fit in; sixteen; she is homeschooled and lives in a yurt with her new age, travel writer mom; she has traveled and lived all over the world. She loves bird watching; her nomadic lifestyle has left her with a lack of social skills and the understanding of American teen culture; while perhaps awkward to others, still is very self-possessed, endearing and even charming when she wants to be; she just wants to be friends with her teammates; actor must have sharp humor, can carry a tune.

Fees and Expenses:

There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation.  Performers chosen to be in the production will receive a modest stipend and held to the standards and expectations of a professional artist. 

Audition Checklist:

If you are unable to secure an audition slot, please complete this form.

1) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time

2) Print and Complete an Actor Audition Form (bring to your audition!)

3) Prepare for Your Audition: 

You should prepare a contemporary monologue that is between 60-90 seconds in length. Monologues may be comedic or dramatic. We strongly encourage selections that will help demonstrate or feature strong movement or physicality.

4) Bring A Printed Photo

Your audition photo does not need to be a professional headshot, but the photo should be recent and look like the actor. This helps the Director remember the actor’s audition! Photos will NOT be taken or printed at the audition location, and photos will not be returned.

All questions related to this production or auditions should be sent to: 

Casting@nextstoptheatre.org

Please do not call the theatre.

Audition Checklist:

  • 1) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time
  • 3) Complete an Actor Audition Form
  • 4) Prepare for Your Audition
  • 5) Bring A Printed Photo, audition materials, completed audition form to your audition.

If you have additional questions after reading this page AND the audition materials in their entirety, you may submit questions via email to the address at the bottom of this page. Due to the number of anticipated inquiries, we respectfully request that you limit your questions to email. Please do not call the theatre with questions about the audition process for this show.